Week in pictures: Fast Forward 15 graduation, Secret Salon, IMEX 2017

Industry events this week included the Fast Forward 15 mentee graduation, Evolve Events' Secret salon showcase and IMEX 2017 held at Frankfurt Messe.


Fast Forward 15 graduation

Hotel Café Royal was the backdrop for the graduation of Fast Forward 15's 2016 intake on Friday (12 May).

The graduation lunch brought together industry figureheads to see the mentees share the impact of being mentored through achievements made in their personal and professional lives.

Mentees were selected after a rigorous interview process and drawn from corporates, agencies and suppliers. The 15 mentees had received structured development including presentation techniques, goal setting and help defining their own personal brand, as well as being collectively tasked with a charity fundraising challenge.


Secret Salon

Event professional gathered for an evening at a Secret Salon celebrating the history of Kent House Knightsbridge, organised by Evolve Events, on Wednesday (17 May).

1930s style singers welcomed everyone into the venue with Jimmy Garcia serving decadent cocktails as guests received a vintage makeover before having their new look captured in a retro photo booth.

Guests were escorted up the red carpeted staircase dressed with a floral peacock sculpture before entering the secret salon which was styled for an intimate soiree. Guests were entertained by swing dancers and world renowned magician David Redfearn whilst the King of Pop-Ups, Jimmy Garcia, served Millionaire Beef and Whiskey and Cigars desserts.

Later on guests were able to retire at the bar through a hidden entrance which featured elements for the Christmas Party Like The Royals package, including a glamorous bespoke bar with gold and red regal features. Event professionals mingled over espresso martinis and indulged their sweet tooth with an assortment of cakes at the Decadence Bar whilst usherettes roamed providing ice-creams with an alcoholic twist.


IMEX 2017

This year’s show was held from 16-18 May, with 3,500 MICE professionals gathering in Frankfurt. This year saw 40 new stands, representing 15% growth for the exhibition year on year.

The show also featured 200 education sessions and a series of social events including Site Nite Europe, CIM-Clubbing, the Dubai IMEX reception at BelEtage Palais and the IMEX Gala Dinner

New exhibitors for 2017 included Moldova Tourism, Meet Puerto Rico, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kyoto Convention Bureau, Jeju Province and Choose Chicago. Exhibitors with expanded stands include Tourism New Zealand, Shanghai, Korea, London & Partners, Spain, Rocco Forte Hotels, Guatemala, Panama, Uruguay and NYC.


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